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Re: I made this soap

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:14 pm
by GA Russell
That sounds great, Gary! It sounds like you made a lifetime supply!

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:22 am
by drmoss_ca
Cooking up an order for TZ today:
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Re: I made this soap

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:33 pm
by CMur12
Who or what is TZ?

- Murray

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:50 pm
by drmoss_ca
Sorry, Tim Zowada, the knife and razor maker.

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:01 pm
by CMur12
drmoss_ca wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:50 pm
Sorry, Tim Zowada, the knife and razor maker.
Thanks for that.

- Murray

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:58 am
by brothers
GA Russell wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:14 pm
That sounds great, Gary! It sounds like you made a lifetime supply!
Today marks the final shave with the Homemade Lime soap from 11/11/13. It lasted through 53 shaves.
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Re: I made this soap

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:06 pm
by brothers
This morning, following the extinguishment of the Homemade Lime yesterday, I shifted to the Homemade Tobacco soap from March 2, 2014. I'll be using it for a week or so before moving to the next scheduled soap. (Note to myself: today's shave was #7 on this tub).
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Re: I made this soap

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:38 pm
by GA Russell
Gary, after 5+ years, are the scents of your soaps holding on?

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:51 pm
by brothers
GA Russell wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:38 pm
Gary, after 5+ years, are the scents of your soaps holding on?
A year ago the Tobacco scented tub shown above had a good but mild scent, and when I started up again on it this week, it has become completely neutral. Makes a great lather though. :D

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:21 pm
by dosco
Nice to see this. I have some tobacco scented stuff I made back in the 2014 timeframe, that was something like 60-40 KOH-NaOH. The scent is quite nice, and the lather is excellent. I only use it infrequently now, I've settled on Bic Sensitives and bar soap (although since this COVID-19 stuff has started, I've been cultivating my "scruffy look" ... controlled stubble).

The soon-to-be ex wife and I are spending time cleaning out various parts of the house where "stuff" has been squirreled away ... I came across the soapmaking supplies, and am figuring on getting rid of it (not really that much to be had ... some old leftover KOH, stearic acid, and (in the fridge) coconut oil).

-Dave

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:11 pm
by brothers
Dave, same here. I got tired of looking at my box and got rid of all that stuff a while back.

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:03 pm
by TRBeck
Made a new batch last week. Another on deck tomorrow.

I will go a month or two with a hard soap now and then - that Salter stuff still wows me, and I have a little AOS tallow soap left - but nothing's as satisfying for me as lathering something I made...and preferring it to anything I can buy.

FWIW, a mostly-EO fern scent I made in 2013 is still potent in the remaining 20g of soap I scented with it. I have about 35 mL of the matching EDP remaining, too.

That was a fun time to be at SMF.

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:43 pm
by CMur12
Tim, great to see you here!

I have been using one of your prototypes regularly, for some time, and I still have some soap from your commercial venture.

You definitely made some excellent soap.

- Murray

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:49 am
by TRBeck
Thanks, Murray. I suddenly seem to have some time. :)

I've been really busy with work this school year, for all the best reasons, but it's nice to poke around here a bit.

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:52 pm
by brothers
Hi Tim! :D

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:38 pm
by TRBeck
Greetings, Gary!

The batch I made this week is fine. Not great. I used tallow, avocado oil, and beer and a different method for superfatting, and the result is a good soap. What I made last week is fantastic, and I don't see a need to tweak the recipe much going forward. It's a vegan soap with stearic, sustainable organic palm, kokum butter, coconut oil, aloe vera juice for the liquid, and some jojoba oil. I love it. I made six individual pucks: blue cypress, vetiver-citrus, sandalwood (EO...a few drops of the mysore I bought some time ago), Irish spring clone, B&BW Woodlands clone (this is a sandalwood-heavy oriental fragrance that is similar to Trumper's sandalwood soap scent), and lavender. These will last me several years, but I have an itch to make more. It's a lovely pastime and a neat thing to be able to teach my kids as they are a little older now.

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:00 am
by drmoss_ca
My son was on a visit to us when we all agreed that he would be safer staying here for now rather than going back to Toronto. He ran out of soap - well, turned out I could help with that! Made him a half dozen bars of my olive oil hand/bath soap, which is good for frequent washing as it isn't too drying.
For 500g soap with 5% superfat, you use:
190ml water
68g NaOH
390ml olive oil
90ml 76º coconut oil
20ml castor oil
15ml of fragrance, or if unscented, use extra olive oil.

Olive oil is reluctant to trace, so don't be surprised if you have to get your stick blender red hot! Talking of heat, I find it traces quicker if not overheated, so stay around 90ºC for the cook. Takes about four hours to get pH down to 8. Set in a mold and OK to use the next day. I have added a drop of food colouring to it as it isn't a pretty soap (khaki coloured when au naturel), but even then it changes colour as it ages. In the past, I made it go green, but it changed to blue as it sat in sunlight! I left Thomas's the natural khaki colour. Perhaps the cold-process makers have the advantage here, as they seem to come out with pure white castile soaps from 100% olive oil.

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:49 am
by TRBeck
Sounds like a terrific soap, Chris. I'm very fond of olive oil in bar soaps. It is reluctant to trace, to be sure.

My standard bar soap uses tallow, lard, olive oil, and coconut oil, but I have found that an 80/20 olive/coconut soap is very nearly the best of pure castile with a less slimy and more bubbly lather. Even still, olive oil-heavy soaps need a longer dry/cure time than those featuring more saturated fats.

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:53 am
by drmoss_ca
drmoss_ca wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:22 am
Cooking up an order for TZ today:
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And today I have a request for as much of it as I can make. Apparently half is to go to Germany. I'd better start charging for it.

Re: I made this soap

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:52 am
by TRBeck
Having used your soap, Chris, you certainly could charge for it. Wonderful stuff.